Let’s face it: You like a certain kind of music, and the only person who cares about the music that you listen to is YOU. Your brain is wired in just such a way that the music you listen to sounds unbelievably amazing, inspiring, unforgettable, but when you blast your incredible jams, your neighbor is praying for a city-wide blackout so that he can have a few minutes of rest from something that sounds like ducks being strangled.
Don’t take that as an insult, dear reader. It’s a part of the human condition. I think the fact that each of us lives in isolation and dearly loves certain kinds of music that no one else gives a shit about is more painful for young people, who are often deluded enough to believe that they can spread their musical taste in an effort to create a utopia of amazing jams. Remember being young and giving people “mix tapes” full of music that you knew would blow them away? Remember getting mix tapes from other people and being blown away by the trite, silly, pretentious, and just plain awful music that was taking up your time? Who among us has not witnessed the tragic horror of seeing the other person’s face light up as they prepared to ask you what you thought of their awful music, and you had to search your memory for a particular song that didn’t completely put you off?
I think all of us kind of realize this is going on, at least on some level, and yet we STILL share music… sometimes on facebook, SOMETIMES IN REAL LIFE. The drive is powerful, but completely hamstrung from the outset. And that’s what this section of the blog is about. I am not an idiot, dear readers; I am fully aware of the fact that not a single human being out there – no, not even one – gives a shit about the music I’m into. I’m not deluded. But I’m still haunted by this idea… what if… just WHAT IF there is another moron out there, someone as idiotic as myself, who really loves black metal and video game soundtracks AND TOTALLY WANTS TO LISTEN TO SOME WHILE VISITING THIS BLOG?!?
Oh yeah, that could totally happen!
PS. Note that the comment left by user “Erica” comes from a bygone era when this section was called “Badass” and, in theory, it was meant to act as a catch-all for disturbingly hilarious stuff that couldn’t easily be tucked into other categories. In practice, I ended up posting music in the Badass section, which is why I changed Badass to Unnecessary Music. However, I didn’t want to scrap the entire section because I thought Erica’s comment was cool. I thought it kind of helped to highlight the fact that normal, healthy people have an incredibly difficult time spotting psychopaths. As a vigilante who routinely hunts down psychopaths in an urban jungle while successfully evading a well-meaning but woefully antiquated police force, I have an understanding of psychopathy that rivals that of someone who minored in psychology and sold all their textbooks without even opening them.
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